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Viṣa and Amṛta in Tantra 09.12.2016 Viṣa and Amṛta in Tantra
Various Sampradayas could define many images of Vedas, Puranas, Tantras, Yoga-Shastras in their own, sometimes diametrically opposing ways. They use metaphorical language which is intentionally called 'sandha-bhasa’ by siddha yogis. This is a language which allows you to find doors to multidimensionality and versatility of meanings. One of such often described terms in Tantras is विष “viṣa” (poison), which is related to a poison consumed by Shiva after Samudra manthan (churning of the ocean by Devas and Danavas). Shiva also wears snakes instead of brahmanical thread and as earrings in his ears and etc. However, you may notice that the same element, for example, the churned ocean could produce opposite elements such as amṛta (nectar of immortality) and poison. Goddess Kundalini in her snake form could be associated with poison, but she is the Goddess of nectar, Sudha as well. Read more>>
Tags: :  amrita kundalini tantra vamachara
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Karma and karma-yoga 01.11.2016 Karma and karma-yoga

A lot of people might wonder what human karma and sanskaras are. Whether it is one’s nature or an offspring of karma.

Karma means a deed which leads to some result. Committing some action leaves an imprint (sanskara) in the soul, namely in the karana-sharira (the causal body). This imprint is carried through life and after some time it germinates.

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Tags: :  Karma Yoga Sampradaya Forum
Author: Nathaji



Vedic elements in Natha’s mantras 15.06.2016 Vedic elements in Natha’s mantras

Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of Gorakshanath gayatri-mantra.

At the beginning it says about being (existence), element सत् – sat, which is also connected with a root अस् as – to be, from which a famous term सत्त्व sattvá (essence, existence) comes from.

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Tags: :  mantra Nathas Yoga sadhana
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Храм Горакхнатха в Горакхпуре 19.09.2015 Храм Горакхнатха в Горакхпуре

Храм Горакшанатха в Горакхпуре - уникальное место. На протяжении веков там производилось множество захоронений (самадхи), поэтому, можно сказать, что он находится на месте шмашана. До того, как в Горакхпур из Джвала-деви шакти-питха пришел Горакшанатх, на этом месте находился Кали-мандир, это – место силы (сиддха-питха), там практиковали многие великие святые Йоги. Read more>>
Tags: :  Сампрадая Натхи Интервью Форум
Author: Nathaji



Master – disciple relations Master – disciple relations

I permit to myself some personal thoughts on the most important, in my opinion, relations, without which any spiritual practice is impossible. There is one general opinion – if you have Guru, you have nothing to worry about. But that is true only in case disciple is devoted to his Guru to such extent that he is absolutely convinced he will reach the desired aim with the help of Guru.

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Tags: :  Guru sadhana Basics
Author: Lakshminath



Asana as the place for sitting Asana as the place for sitting

These asanas [as seats] play a fundamental role in any yogic practice, both in Hatha Yoga and in mantra practice. Asanas are required in pranayama because they eliminate the destructive effect of gravity on prana. Energy and consciousness are interrelated, during the practice of pranayama, till a certain stage, changes occur in the consciousness of practitioner. The mind becomes calmer, however, even with some certain changes nadi are not always completely purified, therefore, the gravitational field of the Earth affects such "drawbacks".

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Tags: :  Asana Basics
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Interview de Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj (Infos Yoga №96 mars/avril 2014, Tara Michaël) Interview de Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj (Infos Yoga №96 mars/avril 2014, Tara Michaël)

Le YOGI MATSYENDRANATH MAHARAJ, representant de la tradition initiatique du Natha sampradaya, a recu la diksha de darshani en Inde a Gorakhpur de Guru Shri Mithleshnath Maharaj dans la lignee Dharmanathi, et il est habilite par son Guru a en transmettre les enseignements.

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Tags: :  Interview French
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Entretien avec un Nâtha Yogî traditionnel (Infos Yoga №91 mars/avril 2013, Tara Michaël) Entretien avec un Nâtha Yogî traditionnel (Infos Yoga №91 mars/avril 2013, Tara Michaël)

Notre Tradition représente une révélation particulière de la Divinité sous son aspect d'Îshvara ou Shiva, nommé Âdi-nâtha, le Maître des origines, fondée par Matsyendra-nâtha, Goraksha-nâtha, et sa ligne de transmission spirituelle, vers le VIIe siècle en Inde. Cette tradition est célèbre par sa pratique du Hatha-yoga.

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Tags: :  Interview French
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



The worship of the Goddess Tripura Sundari ("Adesh", summer 2014) The worship of the Goddess Tripura Sundari ("Adesh", summer 2014)

Nowadays one of the most large-scaled current venerating the Mother Goddess in India is the cult of the Goddess Tripurasundari.

The name «Lalita Tipurasunadari» is translated as «one who has the nature of a play» (leela or vilasa), also «splendid in the three worlds». She liberates from these 3 worlds or bestow jivanmukti in them. Ususally she has the forms of Bala of 8 years old, Panchadashi of 15 years old, then of the age 16 and 28 years. There are some definite mantras for every age with the corresponding amount of bijas.

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Tags: :  Tipurasunadari Interview Tantra Shrividya
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Interview with Yogi Matsyendranath (May 2014 by Ganesh Nath / Jorge Bidondo) Interview with Yogi Matsyendranath (May 2014 by Ganesh Nath / Jorge Bidondo)

My spiritual name is Yogi Matsyendranath. I was given it while I was receiving the transmission into tantric sadhanas. But among Nath Sampradaya followers in India I am more known as Yogi Matsyeshvarnath. Actually, these two names are synonymous.

I belong to the Nath Sampradaya, it traces back to Shiva Adinath, however, it became famous in virtue of Mahayogi Gorakshanath. In fact, both of them are considered to be the Lord Shiva.

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Tags: :  Interview
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Utsaha Utsaha

Zeal (utsaha) is certainty, intelligence, knowledge of reality, knowledge of the meaning, the rejection of the idle talk – these six steps lead to the improvement of yoga. Diligence is an effort to improve the quality of your apprenticeship, but at the same time, diligence and focusing on the practice, does not mean the pursuing the experience and knowledge. Diligence is a very quiet and continuous effort in all actions related to the sadhana. You need the quiet force to avoid rollback in practice. The experience shows that people who do systematic efforts according to their abilities show the best results.

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Tags: :  sadhana
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Nadi-shodhana pranayama Nadi-shodhana pranayama

The nadi-shodhana practice has always been popular in tantra, also it is used in a puja. Such pranayama leads to connection between mind and prana and "Kundalini straightens". This results in that the channels are cleansed, and the circulation of prana in the channels is distributed evenly. That is the true pranayama, which makes the mind quiet and clean.

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Tags: :  pranayama sadhana
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Prana and pranayama Prana and pranayama

Prana is usually associated with consciousness, and with his work. Also prana is associated with breathing, but prana means "vital energy", and it especially manifests itself in breathing, because breathing is important function in our organism. But all other processes in the body such as metabolism, digestion, temperature, operation of the nervous system, reproductive, circulatory, muscular and other depend on prana. If you slow down some functions, the prana spent on their activity is preserved and resource of prana becomes bigger. As you can see, the control of prana may not necessarily is connected with breathing, but control through the breath is one of the most effective methods.

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Tags: :  Yoga pranayama sadhana
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Gorakshanath Gorakshanath

Gorakshanath is a certain tattva (essence), it represents the state of yogic perfection, and it’s in us. The aim of the worship of Gorakshanath is to feel his perfect condition in yourself. Gorakshanath means "the one who controls the senses". For this reason, we consider him as a protector of yogic way and followers of any dharma, also Gorakshanath is the patron of the Dharma. Gorakshanath is the symbol of Shunya (emptiness) therefore few people can feel him.

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Tags: :  Gorakshanath Yoga
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Bhakti Bhakti

One of the most important things in the Natha tradition is stability. Bhakti (devotion) is expressed in stability; bhakti happens when we sacrifice ourselves, our body, our breathing and our mind to Alakh Niranjan. Alakh Niranjan is manifested in us, as well as in a Guru. Stable adherence to a Guru, stable asana, stable breathing and stable consciousness, rooted in God – these things are important for the yoga adept.

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Tags: :  sadhana Guru Yoga
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Vamachara ("Adesh", summer 2014) Vamachara ("Adesh", summer 2014)

In Hinduism vāmāchāra is considered to be a closed form of worship. It is closed for many reasons, three of them, the most significant, are listed below.

Vāmāchāra uses “impure” (as considered by the orthodox Hindu religion) elements as offerings to deities. A closed system of practice, that is closed, should not be transmitted to those individuals whom Guru considers as morally unscrupulous, able to use these practices to harm themselves and others. Vāma-Mārga practices should not be disclosed to those individuals who have no proper dikshā and blessings from their Guru, it is a secret associated with dikshâ.

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Tags: :  Interview Tantra Vamachara
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



About human body About human body

In the Nath Tradition body is denoted by the term of Pinda, meaning "collection, total amount" in Sanskrit. According to Nathas, Pinda reflects the universe in itself ‒ all existing worlds (lokas), Deities, sacred places and even hells. Thus, cognizing this micro-universe in own body, Nath comes to the comprehension of the whole creation.

The body of human being consists of Gross body (Sthula sharira), Subtle body (Sukshma sharira) and Causal body (Karana sharira).

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Tags: :  Basics
Author: Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj



Asana Asana

Hatha yoga is inseparably linked to Raja yoga. This connection is explained as based on the nature of the perfect, nondual state, attained by the Yogi in samadhi. It means the nature of Perfection originally involves the unity of these two yogas.

Accordingly, irrespective of our perception of asana, it primarily contains "the stable light state in which the mind remains in its authentic form". I believe it is what one should strive for.

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Tags: :  Yoga Asana
Author: Allamanath